Everyday Life with Monster Girls includes a wide variety of monsters and mythological creatures including ogres. Ogress is the feminine form of ogre, which is a fairly common mythological creature, found in many cultures around the world including Japan. In Japan ogres are known as Oni, which is sort of a catch-all for a variety of humanoid beasts.
Oni are not always evil, as they are used as gate guardians at shrines and temples. In the case of the Oni pictured above, it is found outside of the Yazawa Shrine in Noribetsu Japan. As cool as the Oni statue was, I think that the Ogress in Everyday Life with Monster Girls is much better looking.
Tionishia, pictured above, is an Ogress, and Everyday lives with Monster Girls has kept the tradition of Ogres being extremely large humans, with the only true monster-like feature being the single large horn sprouting from her forehead. Interestingly enough, after doing some digging I was able to find her height listed on the English wiki for the show, and she was shorter than expected at 7’5”. I was fully expecting her to be at least in the 8-foot range.
While individuals growing taller than seven feet is not extremely rare, it is not the most common thing in the world either. However, most of those individuals are men, and it is much rarer for a woman to cross the seven-foot mark, because on average men are taller than women. In fact, when you look at the ten tallest women in the world in 2017, only 5 of the ten cross the seven-foot mark, whereas all of the tallest men in 2017 cross the seven-foot mark and 4 cross the 8-foot mark. The five women who cross the 7-foot mark all have one thing in common, and that is gigantism. Gigantism is a disorder caused by an oversecretion of growth hormone in childhood, before a child stops growing at the end of puberty. Growth hormone is released by the pituitary gland, and it tells the bones and muscles to grow larger.
The secretion of growth hormone varies throughout an individual’s life, but it typically peaks during the teenage years during puberty, and drops by about 50% during adulthood after the body has stopped growing. In individuals with gigantism, a tumor in the pituitary gland causes an oversecretion of growth hormone. The excess growth hormone causes the individual to grow at a faster rate and over a longer period of time, which leads to their extreme height. The main treatment for gigantism is to remove the tumor in the pituitary gland, stopping their accelerated growth. FYI- the tumor is non-cancerous and does not spread to other parts of the body.
Now I can already image what some of you are thinking, that this is awesome and you get to be super huge and strong. And since the tumor is non-cancerous you don’t have to worry about it spreading or anything. Well, sadly I have to stop you right there, since there are a host of problems associated with gigantism. Now if you remember my post on Giant Alien Space Babes, I mentioned that the human body evolved over time to be a certain average size. Yes, there is a range of human height, and our physiology works just fine with that range, but when you move to the extremes, you begin to have problems. In the case of women on the smaller end of the spectrum (meaning dwarfs), they would have problems associated with childbirth, as the baby will put more pressure on the surrounding organs, and especially during the delivery as their hip bones would be too small to allow the child through the birth canal.
Just to be clear: when I say small, I am talking about individuals with dwarfism, which can range from 2’8” to 4’8”.
In the case of gigantism, the extremely large size of the body stresses the organs and tissues of the body as they are not adapted to working at a much larger size, something I have mentioned before in my Giant Alien Space Babes post.
Some of the health issues that occur as a result of gigantism include the following:
In fact, one rather famous individual with gigantism, the professional wrestler Andre the Giant, died of congestive heart failure, which his gigantism contributed to. Also, and most important to the super strong Tionishia, individuals with gigantism are not all that strong despite their large size. This is due to malformations in the musculoskeletal system, as it did not evolve over time to deal with individuals of such an increased size. Basically, the skeletal system grows larger than the muscles needed to move it, leading to individuals being weaker and less flexible than expected. Another way to look at it is like taking the engine of a Mini Cooper, and putting it into a Chevy Suburban- the suburban will still run, but it just won’t be able to haul the same amount of weight.
FYI- If a pituitary tumor happens in an adult the result is acromegaly discussed here.
The second major ogre trait that we need to examine is the horns, or in the case of Tionishia, her single large horn. Many animals have horns, but sadly humans are not one of them. Now if Tionisha were part animal, she would most likely be more related to deer, rather than the rhino that some of you were probably expecting.
A Rhino horn is actually mostly keratin, which is a protein that makes up our hair and nails, while deer antlers have a bony core and are an outgrowth of the skull. This matters because Tionishia’s horn is said to be connected to her skull so it is most likely made of bone. However, she is a rather good looking human, horn aside, so there is actually a third option if we are looking at real world biology.
What you are looking at is a skin lesion caused by an overgrowth of the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin). They are typically found in adults and are cancerous about 40% of the time. Now they are not usually as large as seen in the picture above and they can be found all over the body. Removal of the horn is the most common treatment, and radiation is thought to play a role in their development.
Tionishia is probably the only monster girl I am ever going to list as being plausible. The reason is that while it is impossible to have her incredible strength, it is entirely possible to be as tall as Tionisha, and to have a horn on the forehead. This would be accomplished through a combination of gigantism and having a large cutaneous horn on the forehead. While it is highly unlikely an ogress is plausible.
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